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Advances in modelling of biomimetic fluid flow at different scales

Sujoy Kumar Saha1* and Gian Piero Celata2

Author Affiliations

1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal 711 103, India

2 ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, Institute of Thermal Fluid Dynamics, Office Building F-20, Via Anguillarese 301, S. M. Galeria, Rome 00123, Italy

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:344  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-344

Published: 15 April 2011

Abstract

The biomimetic flow at different scales has been discussed at length. The need of looking into the biological surfaces and morphologies and both geometrical and physical similarities to imitate the technological products and processes has been emphasized. The complex fluid flow and heat transfer problems, the fluid-interface and the physics involved at multiscale and macro-, meso-, micro- and nano-scales have been discussed. The flow and heat transfer simulation is done by various CFD solvers including Navier-Stokes and energy equations, lattice Boltzmann method and molecular dynamics method. Combined continuum-molecular dynamics method is also reviewed.